2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Old Vines


  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Russian River Valley
Drink between 2016 - 2024 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 105

  • PIntag wrote: 89 points

    May 26, 2019 - 15.7% abv.
    This has come together since my last bottle about three years ago, with the oak integrating a bit and the tannin and structure resolving as well. Very rich and brooding, full through the mid-palate, and with a heavy mouthfeel. The strong oak signature on this rose above all -- really not my preference. Stood up very well to the BBQ pork ribs and grilled chicken. Overall, this was very good, and the extra time in bottle helped quite a bit, but this is the heavier side of Carlisle Zin, and I prefer the lighter side.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Mattshank wrote: 92 points

    March 9, 2019 - 2 hour slow ox. Nose: Very brambly red fruited aromas with wet cement traces. Palate: Decent acid and tannin levels but this wine is ready now if you have some. Red fruited and perfumy with juicy fruit flavors and a light to medium finish. Still 92 points on this last bottle. Not a big Zin fan generally but Carlisle is not like any other Zin producer. Good stuff.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Mtpisgah Likes this wine:

    February 25, 2019 - PnP. Nice dark fruit, not overpowering. No noticeable tannins. Easy drinking but not a lot of depth.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • joet626 Likes this wine: 93 points

    February 20, 2019 - Wow!! Fantastic. Juicy, jammy, smooth. My kind of zin

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Charlie C Likes this wine: 87 points

    January 15, 2019 - From vines planted between 1881 and 1895. A bright berry nose. On the palate the fruit is bright, raspberries, blackberries, warm spice. The tannins are smooth and mild. Nice acidity and good balance. The finish is a bit short, but very pleasant. This is brighter than, and not as complex as, the Carlisle single vineyard zins. Fun to drink, but it won't make old bones. I'd drink over the next 2 years. 15.7% ABV, but no heat at all.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2013
  • Type Red
  • Producer Carlisle
  • Varietal Zinfandel
  • Designation Old Vines
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Russian River Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 13 (1%)
  • In Cellars 665 (38%)
  • Consumed 1,059 (61%)

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